Contrary to Robert Fisk’s claim, Israel did offer Arafat at least 95 percent of the West Bank

UK Media Watch

Among other words we could use to describe Robert Fisk, he’s clearly a curmudgeon, one who views the West’s foreign policy towards the Middle East as a “cynical charade” without ever offering readers any insight into how a more noble, principled stance would take form.  Though he’s the Independent’s Middle East ‘analyst’, he’s more of a professional cynic than a learned student of the region.  Moreover, though he feigns neutrality in his scathing attacks on political hypocrisy, his body of work clearly suggests that he sees some targets as more deserving of opprobrium than others.

His latest pieceat the Indy was putatively a critique of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia’s visit to the UK, but his meandering style of writing – whatever the topic – allows him the freedom to settle scores on other, at best tangentially related, Middle East ‘iniquities’, and often leads to at least…

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Utopia - you are standing in it promotes a classical liberal view of the world and champion the mass flourishing of humanity through capitalism and the rule of law. The origin of the blog is explained in the first blog post at https://utopiayouarestandinginit.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/why-call-my-blog-utopia-you-are-standing-in-it/

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